Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Pub. L. No. 93-112, 87 Stat. 394 (Sept. 26, 1973), codified at 29 U.S.C. § 701 et seq., is American legislation that guarantees certain rights to people with disabilities. It was the first U.S. federal civil rights protection for people with disabilities. Section 504 accommodations address non-discriminatory access for individuals with disabilities or health conditions. It is not education law, but rather civil rights law applied, in this case, to the educational setting.
Disability Under Section 504
Any person who (a) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities, (b) has a record of such an impairment, or (c) is regarded as having such an impairment. Major life activities include caring for one's self, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working, performing manual tasks, and learning.
Academic Trainer/504 Coordinator